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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Mushroom seasons is in full swing! They are everywhere and I am relishing in it. Duh!
I mentioned it a few weeks ago, but I bought a new macro lens. Prior to this I was using macro filters that I totally thought were the bee's knees but um, wow, this lens is kind of blowing my mind. It's kind of intimidating how how awesome it is. It's taking me some time to learn all about it but I'm certainly having fun playing with it!
We still haven't had our first frost here in Ohio but I've been preparing my deck for winter. I'm cutting down on the plants I'm taking care of and clearing out things that have died or are dying. Instead of letting these flowers sit outside on my deck unappreciated I decided to make a few bouquets for around the house. There are still some more growing so I'll get a few more bouquets before winter! It actually makes the bouquets a little bit more special knowing that I grew them.
I'm rearing some fishfly larva! My dad saves dead bugs for me, he recently gave me a small jar with a fishfly in it. A few days later there were eggs on the side of the jar! A couple more days and they were hatching. I set up a little aquarium for them since the larva spend their life in the water. It's been so awesome to watch this all happen. They're still very tiny but they've definitely grown quite a bit since they hatched.
I've been planning a little solo road trip to Philadelphia! I bought concert tickets to see my favorite band two nights in a row (I could cry I'm so stoked), booked a cute little house to stay at through Airbnb and have been plotting out the places I'll visit. I'm excited about this trip for so many reasons. Of course I'm stoked to see my favorite band but I'm also excited for the drive there. Philly is a seven hour drive, which will be my longest drive thus far. I'm really looking forward to exploring Philadelphia, any places I have to visit?
I recently met Mickey and I definitely feel like we clicked. We've explored some antique shops around Cleveland, went to Cedar Point (it rained the majority of our visit, but it was still a blast!) and discovered the best beach in Cleveland to hunt for beach glass. The pile in the photo above (whats not sorted by color in jars) was found in one trip where we spent maybe two hours looking. That's just my pile too, she had an equal amount. That's kind of insane considering I normally find less than a handful at my local beach. It's taking a huge amount of willpower not to go to this new beach everyday!
This puppy dog got neutered at the beginning of the month. This means he's officially mine! When I adopted him I had to sign paperwork saying I'd get him neutered as soon as he was old enough and if I didn't they'd "repossess" him. Of course, I had planned to but that wording - their wording - made me really uncomfortable so I'm very happy to have that done. His recovery was super quick and I got to keep his testicles for my curiosity shelf. Win/win!

Happy Thursday! 
xoxo

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  1. Definitely check out The Mutters Museum! I went for the first time last year in November and it was largely empty, I had the place to myself for most of the day. Very beautiful, eerie, and educational.

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    1. Duhh! I would never go to Philly and not visit the Mutter Museum. I went a few years ago and have been itching to get back. I can't wait!

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  2. Your pictures are AMAZING. I've recently got a "good" camera (compared to what I was using before ie my iphone!) and I think I want to invest in a macro lens now!

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  3. It's awesome that you thought to keep his testicles. :D

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    1. Haha, glad someone else thinks so! :P

      I actually have Professor Stingray's testicles too. The best part is my little tiny siamese kitty had bigger testicles than the puppy! Haha!

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    2. haha oh my god! do you get to keep them in a jar? i

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  4. My boyfriend and I went to Philly last year and we loved it! We can't wait to go back!

    I see that the Mütter Museum is at the top of the list! You'll love it! Unfortunately, you can't take photos inside (which is a bummer) but there are so many interesting things to see that you'll forget all about taking photos.

    The Philadelphia Museum of Art is fabulous! It's the one famous for the "Rocky" stairs but the collections are worth checking out for sure. We got there an hour before it closed and we're desperately trying to get back because we really want to take the time to actually explore and enjoy the whole thing. We ended up spending a majority of our time in the Medieval section, which was amazing, and then we hurried through and made it to the Picasso's just in time!

    Eastern State Penitentiary is a great place to visit and this time of year it's got that creepy Halloween vibe. The audio tour is narrated by Steve Buscemi and I spent forever listening to all the extras on the tour. Lots of great history there! If you're familiar with shows like "Most Haunted Blah Blah", it has been featured quite a few times but it's a wonderful, eerie place to check out. The architecture around the area is great, too. Lots of older houses around.

    Love Park is worth seeing for the big "LOVE" sign (if you're interested in seeing it). A few steps away there are overly-large game pieces - like the iron from Monopoly, giant dominoes, a few (if I remember correctly) large pieces from that game "Sorry", and a couple of other things. Might be worth checking out?

    Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell were great, too. That was high up on my list of things to see and it was worth it (for me, anyway). Lots of great history and architecture to check out - if that's your thing.

    I hope I didn't overload you with a bunch of stuff but Philly was such a wonderful trip for us and I know you'll have a blast! I can't wait to hear about your trip and see the wonderful photos!

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    1. Oh man, Eastern State Pen sounds awesome!! Thank you so much for all the suggestions! :)

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    2. I hope you make it out to Eastern State Pen! I'd love to see what great photos you'll get! Have fun! ^__^

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  5. I love traveling with my husband, but solo road trips are also such fun, definitely much-needed ME time occasionally. I really admire your curiosity shelf, and you've inspired me to start one of my own! Where did you get your two-headed duckling? Is it real taxidermy? Also, how do you keep neutered dog testicles? I'm guessing they're in a jar in preserving fluid of some sort? I'm just wondering, because I never realized you could keep those, but I guess it makes sense considering how a mother can keep her baby's placenta for whatever reason if she so chooses. Thanks!

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    1. I got the duckling on etsy, and it's real. It wasn't born that way, but they are real duckies.

      You just keep them in a jar with formalin. My vet gave them to me in a little medical jar and I'll eventually transfer them to a nice looking jar as soon as I find the perfect one.
      :)

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  6. My favorite thrift shop in Philly: Philly Aids Thrift!
    It is a really fun thrift store full of great finds and great people.
    Most of the staff are volunteers and proceeds go to the AIDS Fund.
    It is also located near South Street which is a fun/quirky area full of shops to check out.

    https://www.facebook.com/PhillyAIDSThrift
    http://phillyaidsthrift.com/

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    1. Sounds awesome, I'll definitely try to work that into my trip! Thanks!!

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  7. Who wouldn't want dog balls!


    chloe
    www.bythelock.com

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  8. I would suggest stopping at Blackbird to eat (over Govindas) and also checking out Grindcore if you are staying near South Philly. Both are good vegan/veg places. South and 10th or so has the Magic Gardens and the Occult store. Sweet Freedom is an amazing bakery at south and broad-ish. Also stop in at Jinxed, either in South Philly or the Piazza, they sell a lot of stuff I think you'd like.

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  9. I seriously had to look for his testicles. I wonder if you would ever show it here and if so, PLEASE do. I've always wondered what the insides look like.

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  10. Out of interest, what's your favourite band?

    Have a great time in Philly. Take lots of snacks for the long drive! :)

    Lovely photos, as always. Especially the macros!

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  11. You definitely need to visit Eastern State Penitentiary! I think they have special Halloween tours, but definitely take the normal tour. It's supposed to be haunted so I think it would be creepier to take the normal tour! There's also PennHurst, but I think they ruined it turning it into some haunted attraction with actors and what not. I do believe they have normal tours and it's not too far away from Philly so definitely look into it!

    http://mariedarling.blogspot.com/

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  12. Places to visit in Philly: Lloyd's new home! Enough said.

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    1. Yes!!! I would looooove to stop in for a quick visit!

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  13. Hey girl! So excited to have you in Philly! If you're near South Street you'll love visiting the Magic Gardens: http://www.phillymagicgardens.org/ Made by a local mosaic artist, Isaiah Zagar... so awesome and quirky! Some parts of South Street can get a little gross... but there are some cool spots! Isaiah and his wife also own an awesome store on South Street, http://www.eyesgallery.com/, they specialize in Latin American Art and other fun things!

    Another shopping area I love is Old City (around 2nd and 3rd Street off of Market) cool galleries, pricey (but cool) vintage shops, and boutiques. Lots of history around there like the Betsy Ross House and Elfreths Alley.

    You may also love checking out the neighborhoods of Northern Liberties (Art Star, Brown Betty's, Jinxed), Fishtown (Adorn, Little's Baby's Ice Cream, Pizza Brain), and East Passayunk (Occasionette, Nice Things Handmade).

    As a cemetery lover you may also want to check out Laurel Hill Cemetery. Beautiful views of the Schuylkill River... and creepy/cool grave sites. They also have themed tours and events, usually on weekends. http://www.thelaurelhillcemetery.org/

    Also, if you're here on the weekend, there is usually a huge flea market somewhere in the city. You can check craigslist or http://www.philafleamarkets.org/ for more info on that! There's also Brooklyn Flea: Philly at the Piazza on Sundays!

    Ahhh so much to do! Have so much fun! Can't wait to see where your adventures take you! xoxo

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    1. Wahooo! Thank you for the recommendations!! :D

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  14. I used to live in Philly. Here's some local stuff.

    Blackbird Pizza on South Street or Govindas in South Philly. I still have dreams about the food at both places. Also you need to be legit by going to WaWa for a soft pretzel or basically return home snacks! Wooden Shoe in South Philly for zines/books!!

    Fuh Wah for food in West Philly! Beautiful World Syndicate for records in West or South Philly.

    The fleas are where it's at in Philly: http://www.philafleamarkets.org/

    I love Chinatown there. I guess all my old teenager happy memories live there :)

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    1. Food so good you still have dreams about it? Hmm, I'm certainly interested!!

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  15. Definitely the Rocky steps! And Eastern State Pen is super cool and totally right up your alley! It was by far my favorite thing I visited in Philly!

    Of course, there are some pretty neat historical sites, too, like Independence Hall (I got goosebumps here - so neat!) and Betsy Ross' house.

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    1. Right?! Can't wait to find more bugs to photograph up close and personal.

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  17. The flowers are really pretty. I like the idea of the glass bottle as a vase.

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  18. Sweet! I got to keep my wisdom tooth! I made it into a necklace!

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  19. I'm sure another person has already recommended it, but the Mutter museum is totally your speed! Eastern State Penitentiary is a lot of fun too. And the Reading Terminal market is a great place to find good food.

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  20. You've got to go to Federal Donuts! I also liked shopping the little thrift stores and consignment shops in Old City. I picked up some great toys and food for my cats at Bone-tique.

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  21. The Mutter Museum is definitely an obvious choice. It's such a cool place! You might also like Laurel Hill Cemetery and Eastern State Penitentiary. The penitentiary has a haunted attraction right now in addition to their normal tours and such. I haven't been to the haunted portion yet, but I am going on Tuesday so I guess I'll see then! If you're looking for some places to eat, I would recommend Sketch Burger. It's a really cool burger place that allows you to draw while you wait. There are tons of other interesting places, so if you need more recommendations, feel free to let this Philly girl know!

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  22. A friend from Philly highly recommended the Wagner Free Institute. It was closed when were were there, so I missed it, but it looks awesome!
    http://www.wagnerfreeinstitute.org/

    Also, the Mosaic Magic Gardens is supposed to be awesome. Again closed when we were there, but I was only there for a day. http://www.phillymagicgardens.org/store/mosaics
    His wife owns Eye's Gallery, a shop in the area, and some of his work is on the walls there, as well as the alleys and buildings in the neighbourhood.

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    1. The Wagner Free Institute sounds awesome! Thank you!!

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  23. My fiance is from Philadelphia so I have started to become familiar with it. If you like ramen noodles, you should definitely check out Nom Nom Ramen because it is amazing!! Please Touch Museum is also really cool. It is for kids, but it has a restored 1908 Woodside Park Dentzel Carousel!

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  24. You can't miss it, but be sure to look for the giant colon in the Mütter Museum - Mary Roach discussed it in Gulp!

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  25. Ooh, how exciting that you'll be coming to Philly. I love what all the other Philly locals/visitors suggested, and maybe this is a given but.. THE INSECTARIUM!

    http://www.myinsectarium.com/

    It's on the outskirts of center city in the Northeast, but it might be worth it for you! I've actually never been there so I can't give my review but it's "Philadelphia's only all-bug museum, and the largest insect museum in the nation" according to their site. ;)

    (This may also be a 'duh' if you've researched heh)

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    1. YESSSS. I thought that was possibly in the area because I saw someone visit it a while back but kept forgetting to look it up. Thank you x1000 for reminding me.
      :D

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  26. What's this awesome beach glass beach? I go with my boyfriend's family to Lake Erie several times a year and we always have fun looking for things like that, but as you said we generally end up with a handful of glass.

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  27. I live about 20 mins from Philly :) I'm curious of what band you're going there to see. If your going to the museum of art you can get in for free the first Sunday of the month. I suggest going to Chinatown on arch or Reading Terminal Market for food. The market is usually packed, but has multiple food choices/prices. Chinatown always has interesting things to find there and would suggest Terakawa Ramen followed by Mong kok station bakery for some cheap sweets :) My favorite place on south street has to be mineralistic. If your going outside of Philly or on your way home I'd suggest maybe the renfaire or booths corner(for thrift finds).
    http://www.mineralistic.com/servlet/-strse-template/about/Page

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    1. I'm going to see Man Man.


      Thanks for all the recommendations! :D

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  28. Aren't taking macro pictures fun?! The macro option on my camera kind of sucks. It's just a point and shoot so I shouldn't expect too much out of it. It doesn't seem to want to focus in on images close up. Not sure if this is my fault or the fault of my camera.

    I wanted to ask... you use a tripod right? Do you use any kind of special bag to haul it around on your trips or do you just straight up carry it? I am willing to do that, I am just worried about the spikes on the bottom of my tripod. I am pretty sure that under the right conditions, it could be used as a weapon! >_>

    Also, I think it's awesome that you kept his testicles! When I was in high school, we had to dissect animals and my group got to dissect a cat. My friend kept the skull, and since the cat was pregnant I decided to keep the fetuses. After moving so many times since then I somehow managed to lose them. :( Oh well!

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    1. I normally don't take my tripod out and about with me. I just carry to when I'm going to take outfit photos but on a daily hike or whatever I leave it in my car.

      If you carry a backpack you could easily modify it so that it holds it from the bottom!

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  29. "His recovery was super quick and I got to keep his testicles for my curiosity shelf. Win/win!"
    Can we be friends? Or at least pen pals?
    Not to come off super creepy or anything. I just think you're excellent. I can make really awesome prop brains in jars!

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  30. I would definitely check out south Philly, especially all along Passyunk Avenue (it starts between 4th and 5th on South Street). Lots of shops and restaurants, and there's a really great plant/garden shop called Urban Jungle. Rittenhouse Square is really nice, and if you like crepes L'Aube cafe is amazing and the owner is the nicest person ever. Also, West Philly is a lot of fun and has some great food. Bartram's Garden is pretty nice too (also in West Philly).

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  31. I just spent forever looking at Mickey's taxidermy website. If you're getting into this or got to do this with Mickey - that sounds really awesome! I can't wait to see what fun adventures come from you two hanging out :)

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  32. Oh cool you're visiting Philly! Hm, well some places to visit would have to be the vintage shops off of South Street. Wilbur on 716 South 4th is a nice one (plus it's on fabric row!) and also Armed and Dangerous 623 S 4th is always awesome. Full of pinned bugs and whatnot.

    Something else that you might be interested in is the Mutter Museum near Center City. It's a medical museum full of medical oddities like two headed babies and a giant colon!

    Hope you have fun here!

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  33. seriously, just wait until you see the mutter museum. definitely take pics, its unlike any place you've ever seen

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  34. I've never been to Philly so I'm sorry I can't help you out there, but would you be willing to share that beach glass hunting location? That is quite an impressive collection for one trip!

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  35. That grasshopper! He looks like he's upset with life with his little eyelid down halfway.

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  36. Oh, Kaylah! That last line had me laughing out loud. Definitely wasn't expecting that. But I think you are just great. Thanks for sharing your quirkiness, and reminding us to embrace our uniqueness!

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  37. I'm from Philly but currently living in Micronesia so it will be so nice to read about your trip and take a visit back home vicariously! The Eastern State Penitentiary is definitely cool, I would highly recommend the historical tour over the scary haunted Halloween one they do around this time though. Bartrams Gardens is a really neat botanical garden to check out! You can also tour Edgar Allen Poe's house which is cool especially in this season. I'm not sure when you'll be there but the art museum is pay what you wish on Wednesday nights and they offer lots of cool events as well as a free yoga class. Definitely worth checking out if your trip is timed right, you can look on the website to see the specific events for each week! And one of my favorite places to get treats is Capogiro! There's a few of them scattered throughout the city and they have amazing gelato and other goodies! Hope you have fun, Philadelphia is a wonderful town!

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  38. I see you are going to the Mutter Museum (yes!!!). I went there a few years back, and I so badly wish that you could take pictures inside! The Franklin Institute is really fun if you have time :)
    I will actually be in Philly next week to see Man Man, is that who you're seeing too?! If so it'd be awesome to run into you - I'll be the girl with the bright red (and blue) hair hahaha.

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    1. Of course that's who I'm going to see! Haha! Are you going both nights or just one of them?
      :)

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    2. Yay! I'll be there on the 30th :)

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  39. Sorry if someone else has said this, but you HAVE to visit Reading Terminal Market and if you're in the mood for vegan treats, Blackbird Pizzeria and Sweet Freedom Bakery. Gah, there's so much to see in this awesome city, so I hope you have a blast!

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  40. DEFINITELY check out the Wagner Free Institute of Science! It's one not to be missed for any fan of taxidermy (and collections). Bartram's Garden is terrific, and the nearby Woodlands Cemetery is also interesting.

    Also, if you're in a car, you might consider:
    - The Wharton Esherick Museum in Chester County (incredible small house/studio built by a midcentury woodworker-sculptor)

    - The Ryerss Mansion (when the last of an old wealthy family died, their loyal maid was asked to travel the world and bring back curios for the public, which she did in the company of her parish priest. Art & kitsch)

    Enjoy Philadelphia!

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